Abdul-Qadir Gilani

Abdu'l-Qadir Gilani [1]
Full Name Muhiyuddin Abu Muhammad Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani al-Hasani wa'l-Husayni
Born 1 Ramadan 470 AH[2] or Saturday March 17, 1078[3]
Jurisprudence Hanbali[4][5]
Birthplace Gilan, Persia[6]
Died 11th Rabi' al-thani 561 AH
Monday, February 14, 1166 CE[7][8]
Place of burial Baghdad, Iraq
Father Abu Salih Musa al-Hasani
Son(s)Abdul-Razzaq Gilani
• Saifuddin
• Sharfuddin
• Abu Bakr
• Sirajuddin
• Yahya
• Musa
• Muhammad
• Ibrahim
• Abdullah
• Abdul Wahhab Gilani
• Abu Naser Musa
Descendants Sheikh
Other Titles Sheikh
Abdul Qadir
("Servant of the All-Powerful")
("One Who Is from Gilan")
("Reviver of the Religion")
Abu Muhammad
("Father of Muhammad")
Al-Ghawth al-A'zam
• ("The Supreme Helper")
Sultan al-Awliya
("The King of the Saints")
al-Hasani wa'l-Husayni
("descendant of Hasan and Husayn ibn Ali)

Abd al-Qadir Gilani (Persian: عبدالقادر گیلانی, Arabic: عبدالقادر الجيلاني, Turkish: Abdülkâdir Geylânî, Kurdish: Evdilqadirê Geylanî, Central Kurdish: عه‌بدوالقادری گه‌یلانی,[9]), born 29 Shaban 470 AH in the town of Na'if, district of Gilan-e Gharb, Gilan, Iran and died Monday, February 14, 1166 (11 Rabi' al-thani 561 AH), in Baghdad,[10] (1077–1166 CE), was a Persian[11] Hanbali Sunni[4][5] jurist and sufi based in Baghdad. The Qadiriyya is the tariqa (Sufi order) founded by him and takes its name from him. [12]


Al-Gilani was born around 1077 in Gilan of Persia. He was born in Gilan (Iran), a historic village near the towns 40 kilometers south of Baghdad, as evidenced by historical studies and academic Kilanyia adopted by a family in Baghdad.[13][nb 1][14] Al-Gilani's father, Abu Salih Musa al-Hasani, was a descendant of Hasan ibn Ali (Imam Hasan). Hasan was the eldest son of Ali and Fatimah. Ali was Prophet Muhammad's son-in-law and also cousin and Fatima was Prophet Muhammad's daughter. Al-Gilani's mother was the daughter of Abdullah Sawmai, a descendant of Husayn ibn Ali, the younger son of Ali and Fatima. Thus, Al-Gilani was both a Hasani and Hussaini Sayyid..


Gilani is granted the title Sayyid to indicate his descent from Muhammad.[15] The name Muhiyudin describes him as a "reviver of religion".[16] Gilan (Arabic al-Jilani) refers to his place of birth, Gilan.[17][18] However, Gilani also carried the epithet Baghdadi.[19][20][21] referring to his residence and burial in Baghdad. He is also called al-Hasani wa'l-Husayni, which indicates a claim to lineal descent from both Hasan ibn Ali and Husayn ibn Ali, the sons of Ali and grandsons of Muhammad.[22][23]

Paternal heritage

Gilani's father was from Sayyid lineage.[24][25] He was respected as a saint by the people of his day, and was known as Jangi Dost "who loves God", thus "Jangidost" was his sobriquet.[26][27][28]


Gilani spent his early life in Gilan, the town of his birth. In 1095, at the age of eighteen years, he went to Baghdad. There, he pursued the study of Hanbali law [29] under Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi and ibn Aqil.[30] He was given lessons on Hadith by Abu Muhammad Ja'far al-Sarraj.[30] His Sufi spiritual instructor was Abu'l-Khair Hammad ibn Muslim al-Dabbas.[31] (A detailed description of his various teachers and subjects are included below). After completing his education, Gilani left Baghdad. He spent twenty-five years as a reclusive wanderer in the desert regions of Iraq.[32]

Education in Baghdad

At the age of 18, Gilani went to Baghdad to study the Hanbali school of fiqh.

Subject Shaykh (Teacher)
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Ibn Aqil
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Abu Al Hasan Muhammad ibn Qazi Abu Yali
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Abu Al Khatab Mahfuz Hanbali
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Muhammad ibn Al Husnayn
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi
Tasawwuf (Sufism) Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi

Abu'l-Khair Hammad ibn Muslim al-Dabbas

Abu Zakariay ibn Yahya ibn Ali Al Tabrezi

Hadith Abu Bakr ibn Muzaffar
Hadith Muhammad Ibn Al Hasan Baqalai Abu Sayeed

Muhammad ibn Abdul Kareem

Hadith Abu Al Ghanaem Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Ali Ibn Maymoon Al Farsi
Hadith Abu Bakr Ahmad Ibn Al Muzaffar
Hadith Abu Jafer Ibn Ahmad Ibn Al Hussain Al Qari
Hadith Abu Al Qasim Ali Ibn Muhammad Ibn Banaan Al Karkhi
Hadith Abu Talib Abdul Qadri Ibn Muhammad Yusuf
Hadith Abdul Rahman Ibn Ahmad Abu Al Barkat Hibtaallah Ibn Al Mubarak
Hadith Abu Al Nasr Ibn Il Mukhtar
Hadith Abu Nasr Muhammad
Hadith Abu Ghalib Ahmad
Hadith Abu Abdullah Aulad Ali Al Bana
Hadith Abu Al Hasan Al Mubarak Ibn Al Teyvari
Hadith Abu Mansur Abdurahman Al Taqrar


Later life

In 1127, Gilani returned to Baghdad and began to preach to the public.[14] He joined the teaching staff of the school belonging to his own teacher, al-Mazkhzoomi, and was popular with students. In the morning he taught hadith and tafsir, and in the afternoon he held discourse on the science of the heart and the virtues of the Quran. He was said to have been a convincing preacher and converted numerous Jews and Christians. His strength came in the reconciling of the mystical nature of Sufism and strict nature of the Quran.[14]

Death and burial

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani Mosque in Baghdad 1925

Gilani died in the evening of Monday, February 14, 1166 (11th Rabi' al-thani 561 AH) at the age of ninety one years according to the Islamic calendar.[10] His body was entombed in a shrine within his madrasa in Babul-Sheikh, Rusafa on the east bank of the Tigris in Baghdad, Iraq.[34][35][36] During the reign of the Safavid Shah Ismail I, Gilani's shrine was destroyed.[37] However, in 1535, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent had a turba (dome) built over the shrine, which exists to this day.[38]

Tomb Of Sheikh Abdul Qadir, Baghdad, Iraq.


See also



  1. There is uncertainty as to the year of his birth; some sources say 1077, others 1078.


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